I have been putting the Olympus E-5 aside for almost one week now, indulging myself to the smaller, lighter and cuter Olympus PEN E-PL1 for my everyday shooting, and even a short trip down to Ipoh, Perak. Yes, I admit, even in such short duration of time, I started to miss the feel of Olympus E-5 on my hands. How my fingers fit comfortably on the rubberized grip, and I do want to find my vision through the optical viewfinder again. Oh, one more important thing not to be missed out, I miss the shutter-mirror-slapping sound of E-5 !! It just has a distinctive quality to it that I felt really confident and reassured once I heard the sound.
Therefore, on Sunday, I brought the E-5 for a short spin in the city. Not so much of wanting to do a serious all out shoot like what I did on the previous day in Ipoh, but more like a leisure, slow and relaxing stroll along the streets of Kuala Lumpur. It felt really good to shoot with the Olympus E-5 again.
All the following images were taken with Olympus E-5 with 50mm f2 macro and 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 lenses.
I found that the way your subjects on the street look at you is very important. It cannot be too forceful, it should not be too transparent, it should be natural with a strong connection to the photographer. Not an easy thing to accomplish.
Finally found a responsible father who puts helmet on his kid !!
The ground that split to two.
A man stripped off almost everything.
A house with no doors and windows.
A reason to smile.
By the yellow shop front.
On the whole, I did find myself enjoying this session, no matter how brief it was.
I managed to capture some powerful facial expressions that I have been wanting for a while now.
The advantage of having DSLR is the speed it delivers, the moment you saw the moment (pun intended) you can respond almost instantaneously thanks to the lightning fast autofocus. The autofocus of E-5 has never failed me yet, and I managed to grab some very reflexive shots that turned out to be my favourites. I know there are people who love the "zone-focusing" or "fixed-focusing" methods that negate the need to AutoFocus, but using those methods usually require stopping down the aperture (high F-number) producing more depth of field (DOF) and resulting in slower shutter speed. Not my style. Why? I need my shutter speed to be extremely fast (you have no idea how many of the most interesting subjects hide in most shadowy shades). I need my BOKEH.
As much as I hate to admit it, in many demanding situations, PEN still falls short to match up the capabilities of a DSLR. I guess this is where the Olympus E-5 comes in. Perhaps, one day, the PEN micro 4/3 system will advance in technology, and surpass the DSLR in terms of performance. I can't wait for this day to happen.